Colo. House passes bill to extend funding for cancer treatment, prevention

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DENVER — Tuesday morning, Colorado lawmakers passed a bill that extends funding for a cancer prevention and treatment program.

According to a press release from the state, in a 50 to 15 vote, the Colorado General Assembly approved HB 14-1045,  legislation that continues financial contributions for the Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment Program until 2019.

The bill stated it will provide more women access to the cancer prevention and treatment program by eliminating the requirement that they be diagnosed at a women’s wellness center. It also clarified that funds raised from breast cancer license plates must go towards the program.

Rep. Dianne Primavera (D-Broomfield), was was diagnosed with breast cancer 25 years ago, sponsored the bill, said Tuesday’s release.

She had previously expanded the program with legislation during the 2009 session.

“I know from personal experience that this type of treatment can be the difference between life and death,” Rep. Primavera said. “This will ensure that more Colorado women will have access to the treatment they need to survive.”

The legislation now moves onto the Senate.